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DHL Express Import Guidelines: Sri Lanka

Shipping guidelines, standard prohibitions and restrictions to consider when sending express shipments to Sri Lanka.

Prohibited Commodities for Sri Lanka

Shipping Commodities – What You Need to Know

Certain commodities are considered as “Non-Document” and need to be accompanied by an invoice and, in some cases, additional customs documentation. Other commodities are considered simply as a “Document” and only require a DHL Waybill to be completed. The following list explains what you need to do in order to ship various commodities.

Document Commodities (Require only DHL Waybill)

Advertising brochures/pamphlets
Airline tickets, issued/validated
Annual reports
Cash letters (NI)
Cheques, cancelled (NI)
Cheques, cashier (NI)
Computer printouts
Credit card blanks (NI)
Credit cards (NI)
Diplomatic mail
Documents, general business
Invoices, not blank
Money orders (NI)
Personal mail
Ship manifest-computer generated
Shipping schedules
Visa applications

Commodities where you should contact your local Customer Service advisor to clarify shipping requirements

Books: hardbk/paperbk non-comm. use
Chemicals, non-hazardous
Communications equipment
Compact disc
Cotton seed
Drugs: non-prescription
Drugs: prescription
Films: entertainment
Gambling devices
Military equipment
Personal effects
Plant products
Radar equip.-transmitters/receivers
Ship spares
Telecommunications equipment
All other commodities are Non-Document in nature and should be accompanied by a DHL Waybill and an Invoice.